January 2, 2013Click to Listen or Download “Hidden gem careers” are occupations that many people would love, but they’re somewhat less well known. Today’s hidden gem is epidemiologist. Karey Iron is a public health epidemiologist working at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She uses huge amounts of data to evaluate the effectiveness of medical care in Ontario, and the health of people in Ontario. “Epidemiology is the study of diseases in populations over place and time, and it’s a discipline to improve health.” Karey says she likes three things about her hidden gem career. “First, I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people from a many disciplines — physicians, nurses, data analysts, project managers, policy makers, health care planners — and we all work toward improving health and the health system. Second, I’m a curious person, so daily I get to work with people to solve problems… Third, I’ve created a flexible work environment, and that makes my work and life balance much better.” studentasim (Asim Hussain) studied Computer Science and Political Science at the University of Toronto. His work emphasizes Ideas — practical, society, human potential ideas — to help people live as a global citizen. Khadijah goes to School is his first book.